The Simple Woman’s Daybook: May 31, 2015

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FOR TODAY May 31, 2015

Outside my window… dark. It’s been quite warm here lately with temperatures around 80F but humidity that makes it feel hotter.

I am thinking… about my week and if I should ask my physical therapist to work on my leg tomorrow as I’ve got a muscle that is severely tensed in it and not relaxing.

I am thankful… for the concert celebrating Dr. Wilbur Held’s memory that I was blessed to attend yesterday. It was mostly organ with a little bit of choral music and a BIG piece at the end which involved, choirs, organ, and hand bells.

In the kitchen… I had some trail mix as my pre-bedtime snack.

I am wearing… my Run for the Little Flowers 2014 shirt and capri sweats.

I am praying for… my father-in-law, a call for Jon, relief from the muscle pain I’ve been having, and for a bunch of special intentions.

I am going… to take my car in to figure out what is up with the A/C on Tuesday morning. I’m hoping I’m not car-less for too long or that I can borrow Jon’s car if I need anything on Tuesday.

I am wondering… what I did that is stressing out my back and my calf muscles.

I am reading… Powdered Peril by Jessica Beck and I finished Killer Crullers a few days ago. I’m taking a break from Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey to keep up with Beck’s Donut Shop Mysteries.

I am hoping… the issue with my leg isn’t something nasty like a blood clot.

I am looking forward to… seeing my family on Friday. We’re spending a week with them while Daniel is off school before Extended School Year (summer school) starts.

I am hearing… various YouTube hymn videos.

Crocheting… nothing new — still the big boy blankie and the amigurumi stuffed animal.

Around the house… I managed to push this until a late hour yet again so I’m the only one awake.

A favorite quote for today… “The main purpose of prayer is not to make life easier, nor to gain magical powers, but to know God.” — Philip Yancey

One of my favorite things… the smell of anointing oil.

A few plans for the rest of the week: PT and errands tomorrow, taking my car to the mechanic on Tuesday, VBS music meeting on Wednesday, Daniel’s last day of school on Thursday, and heading up to San Jose on Friday.

A peek into my day… I love how Twila Paris does this particular old gospel song.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: May 5, 2015

I did this last night and then WordPress ate it… twice! We’ll try again now.

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FOR TODAY May 5, 2015

Outside my window… gray. It’s making it really hard to get up and start my day.

I am thinking… about going back to sleep… and fighting that thought.

I am thankful… for Jon getting Daniel off to school this morning after I turned my alarm off in my sleep.

In the kitchen… just microwaved some beef stroganoff from Trader Joe’s.

I am wearing… black v-neck shirt and jeans.

I am praying for… a call for Jon, relief from the wrist/hand pain, discernment in where to go for a few friends in their marriages, and for the usual special intentions.

I am going… to Target and Trader Joe’s later with my mother-in-law.

I am wondering… how best to deal with a troll situation.

I am reading… The Nightingale Before Christmas by Donna Andrews. I finished Some Like It Hawk! and The Good, the Bad, and the Emus by her this last week as well as reading Glazed Murder by Jessica Beck, whose books might become a new series for me to read obsessively.

I am hoping… the new router arrives soon so I can actually do things like check my email without having to be in a specific part of the house. (The main router is being catty and a new one is on the way.)

I am looking forward to… seeing my family in a couple weeks.

I am hearing… Daniel’s LeapPad.

Crocheting… Daniel’s big boy blankie and the amigurumi baby shower present for the friend.

Around the house… I have the washer going and I’m pretty sure there are other robots or machines working.

One of my favorite things… murder mysteries — both reading and writing them.

A few plans for the rest of the week: errands today, Bible study and doctor’s appointment on Wednesday, Daniel’s peds opthalmology appointment on Thursday, cleaning our crap out of the storage unit at some point, and whatever else comes up.

A peek into my day… This is in honor of Star Wars Day yesterday. I also didn’t know that Icelandic Lutherans were a cult. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post Script… I’m doing a 5K walk to raise money for preeclampsia awareness and research on my 35th birthday which is May 19th. If you’d like to sponsor me, details are at

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: March 31, 2015

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FOR TODAY March 31, 2015

Outside my window… warm. I think it’s supposed to be 70ish today in San Jose? (I’m visiting my parents.)

I am thinking… about the devotional project I’ve had on my plate for 3 years and I’m praying that my part of it is done.

I am thankful… for my mom who is taking Daniel for a walk so that I can get breakfast and deal with the devotional issues.

In the kitchen… just finished off the shrimp pasta that Dad made last night. It was so good that I had leftovers for breakfast.

I am wearing… my black Reclaim Hope shirt and jeans.

I am praying for… a call for Jon, the right job for me, and for a number of special intentions.

I am going… to the salon this afternoon to get my hair cut.

I am wondering… how my drive home will be tomorrow and what route I should take.

I am reading… Six Geese A-Slaying by Donna Andrews. I finished Owls Well That Ends Well and read/finished No Nest for the Wicket by Donna Andrews, Murder of a Needled Knitter by Denise Swanson, and Cockatiels at Seven by Donna Andrews.

I am hoping… for a good day with Daniel.

I am looking forward to… Easter Sunday.

I am hearing… my mother-in-law’s voice as she is talking to me on my cell phone.

Around the house… my parents watching TV and Daniel playing,

A favorite quote for today… “It is customary to blame secular science and anti-religious philosophy for the eclipse of religion in modern society. It would be more honest to blame religion for its own defeats. Religion declined not because it was refuted, but because it became irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid. When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather than with the voice of compassion – its message becomes meaningless.” — Abraham Joshua Heschel

One of my favorite things… the scent of mom’s garden in the early morning.

A few plans for the rest of the week: getting my hair cut today, driving home tomorrow, church on Thursday and Friday, and whatever else comes up.

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New Year’s Questions!

Beth Anne tagged me for this meme (that she procrastinated in filling out). I have no desire to tag anyone so I’m just doing this for fun and to have something to do while icing a swollen foot.

Four names that people call me:

1. Jen

2. Jenni

3. Lepicat (college email address)

4. Jenni-fur (mother-in-law)

Four jobs I have had:

1. Camp counselor

2. Library Assistant

3. Bookseller (Barnes & Noble)

4. Administrative assistant for an import brokerage owned by UPS

Four movies I have seen more than once:

1. Forrest Gump

2. The Princess Bride

3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

4. The Birdcage

Four books Iโ€™d recommend:

1. Surprised by Joy

2. What’s So Amazing about Grace?

3. A Year of Biblical Womanhood

4. The Chronicles of Narnia

Four Places Iโ€™ve Lived:

1. Santa Cruz, CA

2. Bexley, OH

3. Madison, MN

4. Galata, MT

Four Places I Have Been:

1. Dublin, Ireland

2. Lethbridge, Alberta

3. London, England

4. Salt Lake City, UT (Not Mormon but I seriously love SLC!)

Four Places I Would Rather Be Right Now:

1. A redwood forest

2. Asleep

3. Seattle

4. Not staring at laundry to be put away

Four Things I Donโ€™t Eat:

1. Broccoli

2. Spam

3. Thai food

4. Mexican food

Four of My Favorite Foods:

1. Sushi

2. Lamb gyros

3. Lamb kebab

4. My mother-in-law’s chocolate peppermint vegan cupcakes

Four Things Iโ€™m Looking Forward to This Year:

1. Making healthier choices

2. Possibly getting my mid-life crisis tattoo

3. Seeing what God has in store for me ๐Ÿ™‚

4. Daniel hopefully starting to talk more.

Four Things Iโ€™m Saying:

1. “Seriously?!?!?!?!?”

2. “Yeah… no.”

3. “What the fur?!?!?!?!?” (I live in a house of cat-punsters.)

4. “Gentle hands!”

Four People Iโ€™m tagging:

Nobody. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: MLK Day 2015

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Outside my window… dark. It’s technically after midnight on January 20th but I’m doing a continuous day.

I am thinking… about various things from my weekend.

I am thankful… for an AMAZING weekend with extended family in Seattle — I’ve really missed this in the last couple of years because of the cost and because Daniel wasn’t ready for it yet. He definitely “showed” well and I’m looking forward to seeing the pictures.

In the kitchen… nothing at the moment. I cleaned everything up before I went online. I also haven’t really cooked today because it was a travel day.

I am wearing… light gray v-neck and black sweats.

I am praying for… Mary, a call for Jon, and some special intentions.

I am going… to sleep pretty soon.

I am wondering… if the Seahawks will win the Super Bowl.

I am reading… Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews. I’m also keeping steady on the Bible reading plan.

I am hoping… to at least keep up on the 30-day plank challenge. (I’m having to do a modified plank position because of a bursitis flare up in my foot.

I am looking forward to… sleep.

I am hearing… Jon’s CPAP machine.

Around the house… all dark and quiet. Again it’s 12:30 a.m. here.

A favorite quote for today…“Ninjas? In Oklahoma!?!?!?!?!?” (My parents have addicted me to “The Librarians”.)

One of my favorite things… quiet and sleep. (Can you tell I’ve been up since 4 a.m.?)

A few plans for the rest of the week: choir concert on Saturday, class for church on Wednesday night, and whatever else comes up.

A peek into my day… I’ve been nominated for a Sheenazing Award in the “Best Blog by a Non-Papist”. I’d *LOVE* votes. (Hint. Hint.) Click on the image to vote. I’m ::Meditatio::.

Sheenazing nominee.

If you want a list of the other nominees, click here. The only other vote-related request I have is to vote for Mary of Passionate Perseverance in the “Most Inspirational” category and the “Miss Congeniality” category. Girlfriend is awesome in every way (but especially those) and her awesomness needs some recognition.

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7 Quick Takes: Let’s Pretend This Has An Interesting Title

7 Quick Takes

— 1 —

Washington bound! I’m flying to Seattle with Daniel tomorrow to see my grandmother. She’s doing OK right now (for the most part) but she’s 94 years old and my mom and I are of the opinion that it would be good to see her before it’s “too late”. (My mom is paying for our tickets and is going to be watching Daniel so I can spend some uninterrupted time with my grandmother and not have to chase him down the hall.) I’ll also get to see my evil twin and his wife again as well as other members of my extended family who I haven’t gotten to see in a really long time.

— 2 —

Ellen Degeneres pwns a critic. A pastor and self-proclaimed cultural commentator published something in the Christian Post about Hollywood and the gay agenda allegedly espoused by the entertainment industry, calling out Ellen Degeneres for “celebrat[ing] her lesbianism and ‘marriage’ in between appearances of guests like Taylor Swift to attract young girls.” Ellen replies in the video below.

— 3 —

Thankful. My mother-in-law offered to let me take yesterday afternoon for myself while she watched Daniel. I was able to get some prayer time in and get some computer work done before heading to something at church. Thanks Victoria! You are the best mother-in-law in the world!

— 4 —

MapMyRun. Is anyone else on MapMyRun? I’m definitely not a runner but I track my walking mileage on the site. If you are, let me know and I can add you as a friend.

— 5 —

Seriously?!?!?!? Seriously?!?!?!?!? I don’t know how many of you heard about the woman’s funeral that was halted 15 minutes into it because the pastor found a picture of her kissing her partner. This is probably not going to be a popular opinion but… I am seriously pissed off by this.

Why am I pissed off?

Because the church where this took place was founded by the pastor and his wife to be a place where people fighting drug/alcohol addictions and gang violence — it’s a place that was founded to minister to outsiders. Yet, the pastor (who could have refused the funeral up until the time it started) decided that this woman was not worth his time once he found out that she was a lesbian. Seriously dude, she was a child of God and you were being asked to help her family pray for her and remember her, not perform her wedding.

— 6 —

Prayer request. This is related to the first Quick Take. I’m flying by myself with Daniel and would appreciate prayers for good travel, ease in getting through security, and ease in boarding the plane with him. Please and thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

— 7 —

Progress on my New Year’s resolutions. Let me just say that I *HATE* planks and my persistence in doing them is due to stubbornness on my part and not actual stamina. On the other hand, the Bible reading is going well and I *am* making it out to walk or at least do *something* most mornings that Daniel is in school.

For more Quick Takes, visit Kelly at This Ain’t The Lyceum.

#5Faves: Miscellanea (XXVI)



Kelly. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t gone to read This Ain’t The Lyceum, you need to hurry as fast as your browser can load to do so. She has a wonderful post up today about the Sheenazing awards. Girlfriend also created a planner which is made of awesome.


Stalking my possessions. This week’s installment of “where is Jen’s stuff” involves a shipment of yarn for a blankie that I will be crocheting for Daniel’s birthday in April. The last record of it was leaving Illinois on the 12th and I’m hoping it arrives on Friday before I have to leave for the airport so I can take some of it to Washington with me when I fly up that evening.


Nights when Daniel stays in his own bed. It’s a bit unnerving to wake up and find one more body on the bed than there was when you went to sleep. I don’t know why he is waking up at midnight but that’s when he usually climbs into bed with us. Right now, he’s in a bit of an awkward position so I’m going to have to move him when I’m done with this post.


Fernando Ortega. His music brings me closer to God. What I especially love about his music, especially when he covers older hymns, is that he leaves the verses about the Cross intact. The Cross is so central to our faith as Christians and I love that he gets that.


Family. I will get to see my 94 year old grandma this weekend (I haven’t seen her in 4 years) and various other family members. I am so excited!

Go love up Jenna and the others.